10 August 2011

Uganda: Museveni Confirms Kabakumba Minister for Kampala

President Museveni has confirmed that Ms Kabakumba Masiko will hold the newly created position of Minister for Kampala affairs. Ms Kabakumba, who is also Minister for the Presidency, is now tasked with overseeing the operations of Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA).

Previously, Beatrice Wabudeya held the role in a caretaker capacity but was dropped during the cabinet reshuffle on May 26.

The original appointment letter was dated 27 July but the new portfolio was confirmed today during a parliamentary committee on presidential affairs where Ms Kabakumba had appeared to present the budget for her ministry.

Meanwhile, members of parliament deferred discussion on the KCCA budget until next week because they said the documents presented were not signed by the minister.

MPs also said they will not approve the budget for the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) and External Security Organisation (ESO) until the question of the controversial Kololo house given to the Coordinator of Intelligence Services, General David Tinyefuuza, is sorted out.

The city house was given to Gen. Tinyefuza in March 2008 by the then Local Government Minister Kahinda Otafiire but the General has since been asked to vacate the premises by the new Kampala Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi. The MPs are now waiting for a statement from the government before they proceed with discussions.

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